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As you like it: Robert Wilson

Exhibition of Robert Wilson's '7 electric chairs... as you like it' in the Arturo Toscanini box foyer, Teatro alla Scala di Milano. Photo: Courtesy of Kartell

The American director and stage designer Robert Wilson designed seven chairs for Kartell and made himself a present to his 70th birthday.The limited edition of this chair series designed by Robert Wilson in cooperation with the Italian furniture company Kartell was first presented to the public in the Arturo Toscanini box foyer at the Teatro alla Scala di Milano where Robert Wilson is directing the staging of Claudio Monteverdi's 'Il ritorno di Ulisse in patria'.

The title of this chair design series, “7 electric chairs… as you like it” is a reference to Wilson's age by seemingly quoting from the beginning of Jacques’ monologue in William Shakespeare's play “As you like it”:

“All the world's a stage,

And all the men and women merely players;

They have their exits and their entrances,

And one man in his time plays many parts,

His acts being seven ages…”

No. 1' of "7 chairs...as you like it" designed by Robert Wilson, 2011. Photo: Courtesy of Kartell

No. 2' of "7 chairs...as you like it" designed by Robert Wilson, 2011. Photo: Courtesy of Kartell

The chairs resemble thrones in height and are made out of transparent polycarbonate, the material that has characterized the Kartell design brand.

No. 3' of "7 chairs...as you like it" designed by Robert Wilson, 2011. Photo: Courtesy of Kartell

No. 4' of "7 chairs...as you like it" designed by Robert Wilson, 2011. Photo: Courtesy of Kartell

The chairs are distinct in the way the 20mm (0.8”) transparent polycarbonate plates are assembled at the sides and the back. White thin neon tubes are inserted into the plates that are differently directed or bend to figures.

No. 5' of "7 chairs...as you like it" designed by Robert Wilson, 2011. Photo: Courtesy of Kartell

No. 6' of "7 chairs...as you like it" designed by Robert Wilson, 2011. Photo: Courtesy of Kartell

The labels on the polycarbonate plates are hand etched - which is further adding to the design's glamour of a limited edition.

No. 7' of "7 chairs...as you like it" designed by Robert Wilson, 2011. Photo: Courtesy of Kartell

The chairs will be on display in the box foyer of the Teatro alla Scala di Milano for the duration of Wilson's play until September 30 and are then up for grabs to collectors.

More information on the play:

www.teatroallascala.org

 

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